“Yasiel Puig was late to the dance, but boy he has cleared the floor!” -Rick Monday. gif above via Dodgers on tumblr. Check out a bunch of pics from yesterday from Jon SooHoo here.
- Peter Gammons at The Daily Gammons writes about our 17-year old pitching prospect Julio Urias.
“I have never seen a 17-year old like him,” says one scout. “He is unbelievable. Kind of a Wandy Rodriguez build, but a strong core. Throws 94-96 with legitimate athleticism, has a breaking ball and a curveball. One thing I look for is anxiety. This kid has none. He knows exactly who and what he is.
- David Pinto at Baseball Musings writes about the perceived issues with Puig. I side with the idea that we should just let Puig play while continuing to work on any deficiencies. Yasiel is a net positive for the Dodger (by far), and I see no reason to potentially fill him up with excess information. I'm still in the mode of thinking that we should cut him some slack.
- Via Tony Jackson at Dodger Scribe, "The lowdown from Mattingly on his meeting with Puig".
“He left late enough to make it too close,” Mattingly said. “Trust me, he isn’t the first guy who has been here after the last bus. And it has happened (with other guys) more than two or three times.”
- I don't feel like writing anything about Plaschke's recent article about Puig's benching. It's idiotic dribble. Instead, check out Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts response. It's excellent.
But when you argue in print that a 22-year-old ballplayer, after 2 1/2 months in the major leagues, is so lacking in character that you “desperately” need a mechanism to keep him in line – weeks from now, over and over again, because the initial punishment or his natural development has so little chance of working – you’ve revealed to the world your bias against him.
- Drew Fairservice at Getting Blanked speaks with both Clayton Kershaw and AJ Ellis on how they prepare between starts.
- According to Deadspin, the LA Times reporter Dylan Hernandez is the best Dodgers beat reporter. ESPN's Mark Saxon is the worst. This seems very unscientific.
- Via Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal, "These Bums Are Baseball's Best".
They have become the big show. They have done it with pitching, long and short; they have done it with pricey names and discount ones; they have done it with the rookie Yasiel Puig, an electric cocktail of raw talent who may only be a fraction of the player he will become. They have finally and thankfully wrestled headlines away from all that recent drug drama and the inane argy-bargy in New York, where the Yankees and representatives of Alex Rodriguez continue to sock each other over the head with pillowcases full of gym socks. Thanks to the Dodgers, baseball is back to being about actual baseball. Not lawyers. It's a forgiving relief.
- GCRL shares his mighty bounty of Allen & Ginter Dodger cards from Crackin' Wax's Charity Box Break.
- ND at Baseball Musings wrties, "My Cuban Florida baseball experience - Part One - Paul Casanova's baseball academy".
- Via Liz Klimas at the Blaze, "The Awesome Story About a Group of Men Who Have Been Playing a Single Game of Tag for 23 Years".
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